Spyscreen: Espionage on Film and TV from the 1930s to the 1960s

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This is a genre study of English-language spy fiction film and television between the 1930s and 1960s. Taking as his focus many well-known films and television series, such as James Bond, Gilda, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and The Avengers, Toby Miller uses a wide range of critical approaches, including textual interpretation, audience studies, and cultural history, to offer new insights into this popular genre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198159520
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Toby Miller is Professor of Cultural Studies and Cultural Policy in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. He is a well-known Film Theory and Cultural Studies critic, whose publications include A Companion to Film Theory (Basil Blackwell, 1999 - with Robert Stam), Film and Theory: An Anthology (Basil Blackwell, 2000 - with Robert Stam), and A Companion to Cultural Studies (Basil Blackwell, 2001). He is Editor of the journal Television and New Media.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Querying Method - A Choice Between the Sensual Obsession of Film Theory and Trainspotting The Avengers? 1
1 Spy Histories 26
2 39/Thirty-Nine Steps to 'The Borders of the Possible' by Alfred Hitchcock, Amateur Observer 49
3 The Good Neighbor Program and Gilda; Global Commodities and The Third Man (with George Yudice) 63
4 Class and Governance: Danger Man/The Prisoner, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, and The IPCRESS File 88
5 Cultural Imperialism and James Bond's Penis 122
6 Women Making Trouble - The Avengers, Honey West, and Modesty Blaise 154
Conclusion 170
Bibliography 175
Index 213
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